Thousands of people will make their way to Glastonbury Festival next week but one local man will be lending a hand at the toilets rather than partying.
Andy Christophi, 28, a microbiologist from Langtoft, will head to the Glastonbury Festival with WaterAid this summer to rally support for the charity’s #ToiletsSaveLives campaign that calls on world leaders to reach everyone, everywhere with taps and toilets.
Andy has supported WaterAid for the past two years, by donating to fundraising events while working for Anglian Water, but has not volunteered any of his time, until now. He will be working as a loo crew member alongside an army of 470 dedicated WaterAid volunteers at Worthy Farm in Somerset this year. The festival starts on Wednesday and runs until Sunday, June 26.
Andy said: “I’m really proud and excited to have been selected to represent WaterAid at Glastonbury 2016.
“ I’m going to be working around two of the 34 longdrop toilet sites picking litter, restocking hand sanitiser and spreading the Toilets Saves Lives message.
“Access to safe water and improved sanitation really can transform lives.
“This will be a great opportunity to get fellow festival-goers thinking about the realities of life without safe water and toilets and to help engage thousands of people in a cause I feel passionately about.”
Last year, world leaders made the first ever commitment to reach everyone everywhere with clean water and safe toilets: Global Goal 6. Aside from working on the longdrop sites, Andy and his fellow WaterAid volunteers are hoping to gather more than 40,000 signatures at the Glastonbury Festival for WaterAid’s #ToiletsSaveLives petition, which calls on David Cameron to explain how he plans to turn the promise of Goal 6 into a reality.
WaterAid volunteers will be giving out drinking water to festival-goers, collecting rubbish for recycling, manning the toilets, as well as helping manage the pilot scheme to introduce reusable stainless steel cups.
l Former Stamford High School pupil Izzy Bizu will be performing on the Park Stage at Glastonbury.